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Welcome to Scribie
Thank you for your interest in our products and services. At Scribie, we offer a wide range of audio/video transcription services.
Scribie simplifies the process of obtaining high-quality transcripts for your audio/video files. It's as easy as uploading your files, selecting the file(s) you want to order, and making the payment. Once the transcription is done, you can then download the transcripts from your account in formats such as Microsoft Word (.docx), OpenDocument Text (.odt), Adobe PDF (.pdf), and plain text (.txt) files.
Our team of certified transcribers, who work from home, meticulously prepare time-coded transcripts (see a sample) using our reliable 4-step transcription process, ensuring high accuracy. You can even check the transcript as it's being prepared. In case you require any further revisions, we also offer free re-review for human transcripts.
Whether you need interview transcription, webinar transcription, podcast transcription, sermon transcription, focus group transcription, lecture transcription, or video transcription, we have the expertise to handle it all. Our services cover both general transcription and specialized transcription for academic, legal, and business purposes.
Our transcripts are of the highest quality, consistent, well-researched, and delivered punctually. We take the time to research difficult words, acronyms, place names, and other contextual information. If any portions of the audio are unclear, we mark them with a blank and provide timestamps, making it easy for you to cross-check with the original audio file.
We specialize in handling high-quality audio/video files with American speakers and offer the most affordable rates with high accuracy for such files. With over 8 million minutes transcribed since our establishment in 2008, we have a wealth of experience in the field.
Upload or import audio/video files
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If you uploaded files as a guest, an account will be created for you with the email address supplied during payment. You can monitor the progress of your files, view the draft transcript, download the transcripts, manage payment methods, order more files from your account
We require payments to be made in advance via credit card and/or PayPal. Once the payment is processed, we promptly begin working on your file. As a bonus, we offer free credits for trial runs. Don't forget to join our newsletter to avail of our free credits.
Additionally, we offer billing and invoicing options for large orders. To set up a billing account, a contract must be executed. If you require further details, please feel free to contact us.
Please note that the turnaround time provided is indicative and is an estimate, and there may be delays during holidays, weekends, or periods of high demand or backlog.
Additional charges may apply for files with non-American accents, poor audio quality, distortions, distant speakers, high background and/or ambient noise. A full refund will be issued if the additional charges is unacceptable, or if the file is un-transcribeable.
For files longer than 3 hours, there may be a potential delay. To prevent this, we recommend considering file splitting. By trimming the file and selecting a suitable split point that maintains the conversation flow without interruption, each part can be kept under 3 hours in length.
You can cancel your transcript order at any time before it reaches 60% completion (as indicated by the progress percentage). If you choose to cancel, refunds will be issued proportionally, deducting the cost of the work already completed on each file. Refunds can be sent to your original payment method or credited to your account.
Once the transcript has been delivered, we do not offer refunds. However, if you find the transcript quality unsatisfactory or require additional changes, we provide free re-reviews. We are committed to achieving the promised 99+% minimum accuracy and will redo the transcript as many times as necessary.
Please note that we do not offer refunds for blank portions in the audio file where there is no spoken audio. We recommend using audio editing software like Audacity or utilizing the Trim Audio functionality on the files page to remove such portions.
Custom formatting is available upon request and is subject to an additional charge based on the specific requirements. The cost is determined by the complexity of the formatting and how much it deviates from the default format.
In case you need extra formatting on your transcript that deviates from our default formatting, please enable the Custom Formating option when placing your order. When enabled, we will apply your formatting requirements based on the instructions and sample output provided.
The first step when ordering custom formatting is to contact support first so we can enable the custom plan for you. Please provide your custom formatting instructions and a sample output so we will be able to gauge the scope of work and estimate the additional charge. Once this step is done, you can now proceed with placing your order.
The custom formatting can be ordered in two ways, as follows:
1) Simultaneous with Ordering the Transcript
Once we have enabled the custom plan for you, you can already place your order (transcription + custom formatting) with us. When placing the order, after clicking on the Order Transcript button, you will be shown the optional features. Please enable Custom Formatting and the agreed-upon additional charge will be added to the transcription rate.
2) After the Transcript is Delivered
If you already ordered the transcripts and these are done, you can place the custom formatting order on the Delivered Files page. Please click on the drop-down menu and select Custom Formatting. A custom formatting invoice will be generated based on the agreed-upon custom formatting rate.
If you already have the transcript and you want it to be custom formatted, you can also order it from us. Please email us (email@example.com) your custom formatting instructions and sample files (input and output) and we will be happy to generate a custom formatting quote for you.
The Transcript Editor is an online tool which helps you quickly and efficiently check the transcript against the audio file. Click on the audio waveform and the cursor will be placed in the corresponding position of the transcript. Conversely, place the cursor in any position of the text and you can play the corresponding audio.
Additionally, you can also play from the start of paragraphs, check and edit any inaudible words which are time stamped and marked with a blank, and cycle through blanks. On Google Chrome, audio playback can also be sped up or slowed down to carefully examine difficult audio sections. Various keyboard shortcuts are also available to help you navigate without the mouse.
The Transcript Editor is packed with features and is a huge time-saver for assessing the accuracy of the transcript. We strongly recommend that you check the file before downloading and add those last finishing touches before using it for your end purpose.
Please also read the Integrated Editor blog post on how to use this tool and learn about keyboard shortcuts that can help you navigate its functions more efficiently.
Maintaining the confidentiality of all transcription files is our utmost priority. Access to the files is strictly restricted on a need-to-know basis, limited to our employees and contractors. All transcribers, employees, and contractors are bound by a confidentiality clause outlined in the Terms & Conditions.
Furthermore, you have complete control over your files. Once you delete your files, they are permanently removed from our servers as we do not keep backups. You also have the option to delete your Scribie.com account at any time.
To further ensure confidentiality, we split up the files into smaller parts before distributing them to our transcribers. This way, they only have access to specific portions of the file. Our website also utilizes industry-standard 256-bit SSL encryption for secure communication between servers and browsers.
Please note that we are currently not HIPAA compliant.
Our commitment to quality ensures a minimum standard of 99+% accuracy for all transcripts, that is, the transcripts are delivered only when this criterion is met. To achieve this, we follow a comprehensive 4-step transcription process, involving multiple checks by different individuals. This collaborative approach with expert transcribers and proofreaders results in superior quality transcripts. We conduct thorough research for technical terms and acronyms and employ subject matter experts for Legal Transcription, Academic Transcription, Business Transcription, as well as accent experts for Indian, African, and other non-native accents.
Our philosophy is centered around continuously reworking the file until it meets our high-quality standards. With our dedicated Quality Assurance Team, carefully selected and trained members employ a structured process supported by efficient tools. Files requiring reworking are promptly identified, and the proofreading step is repeated with different proofreaders until 99+% accuracy is achieved before delivery.
The accuracy of the transcript can be influenced by factors such as the audio file quality and difficulty level. Files with background noise, unclear speakers, or challenging accents may require additional time and effort to transcribe accurately. In such cases, the delivery time may extend to a few days up to one week or so instead of one day. If a file proves to be untranscribable, a full refund will be provided.
If the delivered transcript does not meet your satisfaction, you can request a free re-review. This can be done through your account, where you can provide specific instructions. The file will undergo another round of proofreading and be re-delivered within one business day.
Unlike our competitors who rely on a 2-step process that often falls short, our 4-step process is designed for scalability and consistent production of highly accurate transcripts.
Please note that refunds are not offered once the transcript has been delivered. However, you have the flexibility to cancel your transcript order at any time until it reaches 60% completion.
For human transcription, we understand that sometimes the quality of a transcript may not meet your expectations. That's why we offer free re-reviews for human transcript orders. If you're unsatisfied with the quality after delivery, you can place a re-review order from your account. Please provide specific instructions, and we will proofread the file once more and send it back to you. The re-review process takes approximately 1 business day.
Customer satisfaction is our priority, and we take feedback seriously. When you place a re-review order, we thoroughly investigate the root causes of any issues and take necessary measures to prevent them from happening again in the future.
Please note that we do not provide refunds after the transcript has been delivered. However, you can cancel your transcript order at any time before it reaches 60% completion.
You can cancel your transcript order at any time before it reaches 60% completion. If you decide to cancel, a refund will be processed within 1 business day. The refund amount depends on the progress of the transcript, which is calculated by multiplying the amount paid with the progress. For example, if the progress is 0%, you will receive a full refund. Additionally, upon cancellation, you can download the draft transcript (for the percentage that has been completed) as a text file from your account.
Once the transcript has been delivered, we do not offer refunds. However, we provide free re-reviews to address any quality concerns you may have.
The Teams feature is a versatile collaboration tool suitable for various types of organizations, whether they are large entities like universities or law firms, or small teams associated with podcasters, YouTubers, or videographers.
To utilize this feature, you can navigate to the settings page of your account and create a team. Once created, you can invite multiple members to join your team. This enables you to securely share files with team members without disclosing your password.
When you are a part of one or more teams, you can easily switch between your private workspace and the team workspaces by using the dropdown button on the file page. Switching to a team workspace grants you access to various actions such as uploading files, ordering transcripts, reviewing and editing transcripts, viewing invoices, adding credits, and more within the context of the team workspace. All uploaded files and transcripts within the team workspace are shared with all team members. Additionally, important email notifications are sent to all team members as well.
The person who creates the team holds administrative privileges and can manage team membership by adding or removing members. They are also the only one authorized to add a payment method for the team.
It's important to note that your private workspace remains exclusive to you and is not shared with other members of the team(s) you may be a part of.
In addition, you have the flexibility to create multiple teams from the same account. Members of each team can only access their respective workspaces and do not have access to the workspaces of other teams.
Please also visit the Team Workspaces blog post for more information about this feature.
The Folders feature is a powerful organizational tool that allows you to better manage your files and documents. You can use it to group related files and folders together and quickly access them whenever you need them.
To get started with Folders, simply navigate to the All Files page of your account and click on the "New Folder" button. You can then name your folder and click the create folder button.
Once you have created your folder, you can easily drag and drop files into it, or move existing files into the folder using the "Move" option in the toolbar menu. You can also create subfolders within your main folder to further organize your files.
The Upload Folder feature allows you to quickly and easily upload large numbers of files to your account. You can either drag and drop a zipped folder or click on the "Upload" button in the Uploads page to select the zipped folder from your computer. You can also drag and drop the zipped folder in the All Files page.
Please note that by default, folders are private and can only be accessed by the account holder. Your private files will remain private and cannot be accessed by other users.
For more information and screenshots on how to use this feature, please visit the Scribie Folder Feature blog post.
Account credits are funds which you can add to your Scribie account and use it to pay for transcript orders, automated transcripts, or any other payments on Scribie. Your credit card will be charged only once. You can add anywhere from $10 to $15,000 at a time. Account credits can also be shared with team members and they do not expire. However, account credits cannot be withdrawn or transferred. You can only use them for payments on Scribie.
You can add credits from the settings page. You can also choose to send any refunds to your account credits from the settings page.
We follow a 4-step human transcription process. The work is done by our certified home-based freelancers with increasing skill levels at each step. Our philosophy is to keep re-working the transcript until the quality standard of 99+% accuracy is achieved. The following is an illustration of our process.
Our online transcription system manages all of the above stages. All our transcribers are home-based freelancers who have gone through our certification process and are paid on an hourly basis for their work. The system monitors their performance and handles the payments made to them. We provide them with efficient transcription tools and comprehensive guidelines for transcription. These guidelines are strictly enforced, and their performance is evaluated. The transcripts are prepared segment by segment, and the quality improves at each stage.
We have re-thought the audio transcription process for the internet age and designed our audio transcription system from scratch to deliver high-quality transcripts with minimal cost and effort. Our system and service have a proven track record, with over 8 million minutes transcribed to date. Here are some unique features provided by our system:
- Accurate measurement of transcript progress. You can track the progress and check the draft transcript anytime.
- Collaborative team on each file, resulting in higher transcript quality. Even the shortest file is worked on by more than three people.
- Faster completion time since a number of people can work on different parts of the transcript simultaneously.
- Consistent and repeatable results due to a common set of guidelines.
Our system is unique and can be best described as a Mechanical Turk for audio transcription. You can learn more about our transcription system in detail through a series of posts on our Transcription System blog category.
The text of the transcript is broken into paragraphs, with each speaker's diction transcribed on a new paragraph. New paragraphs are started at every change of speaker or at every 3 minutes, whichever occurs earlier.
We provide audio time-coding and speaker tracking by default. If names of speakers are provided or mentioned in the audio, we use them. Otherwise, we use "Speaker 1," "Speaker 2," and so on. For an illustration of the formatting, you can check the sample transcript. For monologues, the speaker name or "Speaker 1" is used throughout. Monologues are also broken into paragraphs at approximately every 3 minutes.
You have the option to disable both audio time-coding and speaker tracking when ordering or downloading the transcript. The transcript does not include any speech analysis symbols.
By default, the transcripts are clean verbatim, omitting utterances (e.g., "mm-hmmn," "uh-huh," "um," "uh"), fillers (e.g., "you know," "like," "right," "so"), interjections, and false starts. However, when the Strict Verbatim option is enabled, everything is included.
You can specify the spelling style along with your order. We currently support American, British, Australian, and Canadian English style spellings. If not specified, the spelling style is automatically chosen based on your current location. If you have different requirements or need more options, please contact us.
Custom formatting is available upon request and is subject to an additional charge based on the specific requirements. The cost is determined by the complexity of the formatting and how much it deviates from the default format. For an exact quote, please contact us with your formatting requirements.
Transcript File Formats
The transcript files are delivered in the following formats:
- Microsoft Word (.doc)
- Adobe PDF (.pdf)
- OpenDocument Text (.odt)
- Plain text (.txt)
A template file is used for conversion for the first three formats. The plain text file contains only the transcript in UTF-8 encoded text.
Our base rates apply to files with American accent speakers. For files with speakers of other accents, additional charges will be incurred. We have expertise in a wide range of accents, including British, Australian, Indian, African, as well as various European and Asian accents.
We guarantee 99+% accuracy for files with accented speakers. Please note that accented files may require more time and may be subject to additional charges.
We are able to transcribe files that are recorded in noisy backgrounds, such as cafes or crowds, as long as the main speakers are clear and audible. Even files with ambient background noise, like air conditioning hiss, can be transcribed as long as the main speakers can still be heard clearly.
Please note that noisy files may require additional time to process and may also incur additional charges. In cases where the files are deemed untranscribable, a full refund will be issued.
Our rates and turnaround times are based on files with clean audio and American speakers. However, for files with the following issues, an additional charge of $0.50/minute to $2.00/minute may apply, along with a potential delay in delivery.
|Ambient Noise||hiss, line noise, static|
|Noisy Environment||street, bar, restaurant or other loud noises in background|
|Distant Speakers||faint, distant voices|
|Accented Speakers||British, Australian, Indian, Hispanic, any other non-American|
|Audio Breaks||bad phone line, audio gaps|
|Disturbances||loud typing sounds, rustling, wind howling, breathing sounds|
|Distortion||volume distortion, shrill voices, clipping|
|Unclear Speakers||muttering, volume variation, frequent overlaps|
|Echo||reverberation, same voice can be heard twice|
|Quality||low sampling/bit rate, bad conference line, recorded off speakers|
|Diction||slurring, rapid speaking, unnatural pronunciation|
|Muffled||hidden or obstructed microphone, vintage tapes|
|Blank||only music, only background conversation, only non-English|
The additional charge is NOT applied automatically and can be declined. Please note that additional charges are non-negotiable and final. According to our terms of service, our assessment is final and binding, and any disagreement will result in immediate order cancellation.
Based on our data, files with any of the listed issues require approximately 3 to 4 times more effort to ensure 100% accuracy. Compensating our transcribers for the additional time and effort is the most efficient approach to achieving our goal. Our system is optimized for clean files with American speakers, providing the best accuracy-to-price ratio for such files.
For recommendations on how to avoid these charges, please refer to our recording tips. You can also read our manifesto for a broader understanding of the reasoning behind this policy.
The audio quality of the recording is the most crucial factor that impacts transcript accuracy. Good audio files require less time and effort to transcribe, which is why our system prioritizes them. In comparison, poor audio files require approximately 3 to 4 times more effort. To save on transcription costs and ensure highly accurate transcripts, we recommend following these simple steps:
The following recommendations apply to all types of recordings.
- Smartphones are the best recording devices available today, and we recommend using them instead of digital/tape recorders. Smartphones have good microphones and provide built-in apps for recording.
- The first 30 seconds of the recording should always contain silence. This allows it to be used as a noise profile while cleaning the file. We recommend using Audacity for cleaning.
- We suggest recording with at least two devices to have an alternate version available if needed.
- For optimal quality, we recommend using a minimum of 128 kbit/s encoding sampling rate with a 16-bit depth.
- Recordings should be made in an environment with minimal ambient noise. If ambient noise is unavoidable, we recommend recording 30 seconds of silence at the beginning and using it to clean the recording afterward.
In-person recordings are recordings made with two or more participants in the same room or place. The following are our recommendations:
- The recorder should be kept equidistant from the participants. For group discussions or focus groups, the optimal arrangement for participants is a circle with the recording device kept at the center.
- The recording device should be kept on a book or some other soft material which can absorb keyboard sounds or any other disturbances. Disturbances sometimes can obscure the speaker diction and should be kept avoided as much as possible.
- For lectures/event recordings where only the main voice is required, edit the audio file afterwards and remove other voices. This will reduce the cost of the transcript as well.
Phone/Online Call Recordings
Phone recordings are interviews/conversations over the phone which are recorded off-the-speaker. We recommend using a conferencing service to record phone calls and fall back on recording off-the-speaker. These recommendations also apply for internet phone calls such as Skype, Google Hangouts, WebEx calls, etc.
- The recording device should be directed towards the speaker of the phone/computer.
- Use high-quality speakers, if possible external speakers connected to the phone/computer. Smartphones do not usually have good speakers and should be avoided. We recommend using them only as the recording device as they have good microphones.
- If there is a detectable line noise (buzzing sound on the phone line), try disconnecting and calling again. Line noise is very hard to remove and disorienting for the transcribers.
We write extensively on our blog about how to record good quality files for transcription. The following are some relevant links:
There are other tutorials/videos available online, and we recommend that you research a good recording setup independently as well.
You can specify certain options when placing your order with us. The following table presents the available order options for our human transcription services, indicating which ones are free and which ones involve additional costs.
|Free Options||Option with Additional Cost|
|Speaker Tracking (enabled by default)||Strict Verbatim (+$0.50/minute)|
|Audio Time-coding (enabled by default)||Burnt-In Time Coding (+$0.50/minute)|
|Subtitle File (machine-generated)||Closed Captions (+0.59/minute)|
|Spelling Style||Rush Orders (+$1.25/minute)|
|Transcript Template||Custom Transcript Template|
We will include all utterances, e.g. 'mm-hmm', 'uh-huh', 'umm', 'uh' in the transcript. By default, transcripts are non-strict verbatim and do not include these words unless necessary. An additional charge of $0.50/minute of audio is applicable for strict verbatim transcripts.
By opting for a rush order, we will prioritize the processing of your file, significantly expediting its completion. The turnaround time for rush orders is typically three to five times faster than our standard processing time.
Burnt-In Time Coding
The Burnt-In Time Code in the video frame will be used for time coding the transcript. We require the video files to be uploaded with the time code burnt into the screen. An additional charge of $0.50/minute is applicable for this option.
We also provide subtitle files in SubRip (.srt) and WebVTT (.vtt) formats. Only basic versions are supported, without any style markup. This is machine-generated subtitle files based on the human transcribed file. The time-code accuracy is +/- 1 second. Please contact us if you require subtitle files in other formats. No additional charges apply for this option.
We provide audio time-coding by default. Time-coding refers to the process of adding the running time of the audio before each paragraph. New paragraphs are started at every change of speaker or 3 minutes, whichever is earlier.
Each paragraph begins with the audio time which indicates the running time of the audio file at which the particular speaker started speaking for that paragraph. We provide an accuracy of +/- 1 second for the time stamp. For higher accuracy, please contact us.
We also support Burnt-In Time Code (BITC) where the on-screen time code is used. It is an add-on.
We provide speaker tracking by default. Speaker tracking refers to the process of adding the speaker tags before each paragraph. New paragraphs are started at every change of speaker or every 3 minutes, whichever is earlier. Before each paragraph, we add the speaker name, if available, or their order of appearance in the audio, e.g. Speaker 1, Speaker 2 etc. We also provide an option to specify the speaker names before the order is placed. The speaker names can also be changed after the file has been delivered using our Integrated Editor.
We do not have a maximum number of speakers to be tracked. However, it may be difficult to identify the speakers if there are more than four or more speakers in any file. We mark such speakers as S? in the transcript. This issue can be avoided if the speakers speak aloud their names at each turn. Otherwise the speaker tracking is best-effort and we cannot guarantee the correctness.
There is no extra charge for speaker tracking.
We support the following spelling styles.
We provide closed captions by having our quality controllers (QCs) edit the machine-generated subtitle files to ensure compliance with basic regulations. Our quality controllers (QCs) ensure that the transcripts we provide include closed captions that comply with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations. It's important to note that closed captions are an optional feature for transcription and cannot be ordered separately or independently from transcription services.
Standard/basic closed captions incur an additional charge of $0.59 per minute.
If you require non-standard options such as specific caption placement or FCC (Federal Communications Commission) compliance, please reach out to us with a list of your requirements. The additional cost will vary depending on the complexity of your requirements.
This option allows you to specify the template file used for document conversion. The following transcript templates available.
|Scribie Single Line Spaced||Contains a title page, Scribie Logo, header and footer, transcript is single line spaced|
|Scribie Double Line Spaced||Same as above, except the transcript is double line spaced|
|Blank Single Line Spaced||Contains only the transcript which is single line spaced|
|Blank Double Line Spaced||Same as above, except the transcript is double line spaced|
The sample transcript has been formatted with Scribie Single Line Spaced template. We also support custom template files. Please contact us with your template file to have it set up.
Our Transcription Progress Tracking feature enables you to track the progress of a transcript from your account at any stage. We provide the completion turnaround time as well as the draft transcript. The estimated turnaround time is calculated based on the stage at any point in time. We also provide a draft transcript which shows the changes made. The accuracy of the draft transcript may be lower and may also contain inconsistencies (all of which will be corrected during later stages).
The following is the mapping between the stage of the process, the percentage progress, and the estimated turnaround time. Please note that the estimated turnaround time may vary depending on the duration of the file and its audio quality.
|Stage||Percent Range||Turnaround Time|
|Quality Check||98%||Less than 1 hour|
Progress Tracking is a unique feature of Scribie. The draft transcript is useful if you need something to work on right away. The Transcript Progress blog post has more details about this feature.
Unique Selling Points
Our transcription service offers features that save you time and money. Transcription is a very labor intensive work and we ensure that you get the best possible transcript.
- Our transcription process ensures that the file is checked multiple times by different people. Even the shortest file is worked on by more than three people. More eyes and ears produce a higher quality transcript.
- You pay a fixed price for the transcript based on the audio length and not the time spent transcribing.
- We provide the best price-to-accuracy ratio for clean files with American speakers.
- We are committed to quality. The additional charges ensure that the transcript is as accurate as possible, regardless of the difficulty level.
- We carefully vet each one of our transcribers and continuously monitor their performance.
- We research uncommon terms, acronyms, etc. and ensure that the transcripts are contextually correct.
- We deliver files on time. If we anticipate a delay then we will inform you well in advance.
- You can monitor the progress and check the Draft Transcript from your account at any stage.
- You can order a free re-review if you are not satisfied with the transcript.
- We are consistent, predictable and accurate. You can plan around us.
- As a company, we take confidentiality very seriously and we handle your files with utmost care.
- We respond to your questions in a timely manner and continue supporting you even after the file is delivered.
The following is a sample audio and the corresponding transcript. More sample transcripts are available on our blog.
We provide phone, live chat and email support on all weekdays. Our customer support team is well trained and responsive. We ensure that all questions and issues are addressed promptly. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.